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Jeffrey Buchman

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Opera News calls Director Jeffrey Buchman “a formidable talent.” Constantly pushing the limits of the performing arts, Mr. Buchman’s versatility leads him to a variety of venues to explore some of opera’s classics while also constantly premiering new works. His innovation puts him at the forefront of a new era in directing. This season, Mr. Buchman will direct Le nozze di Figaro and Madama Butterfly at Opera Naples, L’elisir d’amore for the Brancaleoni International Music Festival, Tesla at SoBe Arts, and As One, a new work that Buchman recently directed at Opera Colorado, with Hawaii Opera Theatre. He will also be directing a show featuring all the resident artists from Michigan Opera Theatre’s upcoming season that will be both performed at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and later presented in smaller performances at art gallery spaces. Additionally, this season Buchman has taken the position of Stage Director for the Frost School of Music at University of Miami.

Jul
2017

Jul-27
Elisir d’amore
Brancaleoni International Music Festival
Piobbico, Italy
Sep
2017

Sep-28
Tesla
SoBe Arts
Miami, FL
Nov
2017

Nov-03
Madama Butterfly
Opera Naples
Naples, Florida
Jan
2018

Jan-11
As One
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Honolulu, HI
Apr
2018

Apr-21
La traviata
Academy of Vocal Arts
Philadelphia, PA
May
2018

May-10
Le nozze di Figaro
Opera Naples
Naples, FL
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…exceedingly clever and original…
 Die Zauberflöte“Exceedingly clever and original staging, chock full of delightfully oddball comedic touches and clever, laugh-out-loud pop culture references.”  Miami Sun Post 
…skillfully staged his players…
 Carmen – “Buchman cleverly partnered with dancer and choreographer Rosa Mercedes to integrate Spanish dance throughout the show.  The work was presented in grand-opera fashion.  Buchman skillfully staged his players – including a very large opera chorus – in such a way that the unit set did not grow tiresome.”  Opera News 
…with touches of genius…
 Così fan tutte “Few times, a classic – in every sense of the word – receives a contemporary adaptation so right on the money and – why not say it? – with touches of genius as this staging of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte… The brilliant concept of stage director Jeffrey Buchman… left the audience laughing uncontrollably.”  El Nuevo Herald 
…devilishly clever…
Faust Nadler’s equal here is Jeffrey Marc Buchman, a Luciano Pavarotti voice competition winner who has applied his operatic experience to stage and set direction. Even his details say volumes: Witness the searing scene of bedraggled soldiers limping home from battle, still singing its praises “Gloire immortelle de nos aïeux” and handing a child their sword to raise for the next generation. His liberal use of the two dancers to interpret temptation and emotion — not to mention moving a set or two — is, well, devilishly clever.”NaplesNews.com
…excellent acting and staging…
Viva la Mamma “Viva only works if there is excellent acting and staging, and thank goodness, this production has both, thanks to the young singers and to stage director Jeffrey Marc Buchman.”The Gathering Note 
Opera News calls Director Jeffrey Buchman “a formidable talent.” Constantly pushing the limits of the performing arts, Mr. Buchman’s versatility leads him to a variety of venues to explore some of opera’s classics while also constantly premiering new works. His innovation puts him at the forefront of a new era in directing. This season, Mr. Buchman will direct Le nozze di Figaro and Madama Butterfly at Opera Naples, L’elisir d’amore for the Brancaleoni International Music Festival, Tesla at SoBe Arts, and As One, a new work that Buchman recently directed at Opera Colorado, with Hawaii Opera Theatre. He will also be directing a show featuring all the resident artists from Michigan Opera Theatre’s upcoming season that will be both performed at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts and later presented in smaller performances at art gallery spaces. Additionally, this season Buchman has taken the position of Stage Director for the Frost School of Music at University of Miami.

Recent engagements include a third return to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music leading a production of Carmen, after having led productions of La bohème and La traviata previously; Die Zauberflöte for Opera Naples, The Academy of Vocal Arts, and Florida Grand Opera, where he also directed productions of Rigoletto and Eugene Onegin; Carmen at Atlanta Opera; Don Giovanni for The Academy of Vocal Arts; a new production of Faust, Turandot, Don Pasquale, and Il trovatore for Opera Naples; Il barbiere di Siviglia for Baltimore Opera; and Tosca with Opera Tampa. Previous engagements also include La tragédie de Carmen and Il barbiere di Siviglia for Syracuse Opera; Turandot and Manon Lescaut for Mobile Opera; a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica, Roméo et Juliette and La fille du régiment at Intermountain Opera Bozeman; Così fan tutte at Brevard Music Center; South Pacific for Anchorage Opera; Hänsel und Gretel for Sarasota Opera; Cold Sassy Tree for the Sugar Creek Music Festival; L’elisir d’amore for Toledo Opera; Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Orlando Philharmonic; and La Cenerentola at Green Mountain Opera Festival. Following his success directing the première of Madama Butterfly in his Nicaraguan début for the National Theater in Managua, Mr. Buchman returned to direct a critically acclaimed production of La bohème.

An innovative director, Mr. Buchman spends time working on new and groundbreaking material for the contemporary opera world. Some of these endeavors include his title as Artistic Director of a dynamic multimedia project entitled “Live Arts” at Grand Rapids Symphony, Andy Vores’ chamber opera No Exit based on the 1944 existentialist play with the same title at Florida Grand Opera, and a contemporary multimedia theatre project entitled Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion Woman at Little Stage Theater in Miami Beach.

Buchman also directs at many universities throughout Florida and the U.S. Some of his university engagements include a double-bill of Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica at Miami University, Marva and Ainadamar at the University of Miami, The Bartered Bride for the New World School of the Arts, Don Giovanni at UCLA, and L’elisir d’amore for the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music

Mr. Buchman has a long history of fostering the artistic growth of young artists throughout the country. He was Resident Stage Director for Sarasota Opera’s Apprentice Artist Program. His work with Tulsa Opera includes directing productions for their Young Artist Studio such as Pirates of Penzance and Luisa Fernanda. From 2005-2010, Mr. Buchman served as stage director and coach for the Opera Department of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, where he created new productions of Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel und Gretel, Amelia Goes to the Ball, La Divina, Die Fledermaus, and Così fan Tutte.

Mr. Buchman studied German at the Goethe-Institut in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany and Spanish at the Instituto Cervantes in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Opera from the Boston Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in his native city of Baltimore, Maryland. He trained in the Young Artist Program of the Florida Grand Opera, where he later was honored with the company’s Evelyn P. Gilbert Award. He also trained in the Studio and Apprentice Artist Programs of Central City Opera, where he was awarded their Studio Artist of the Year award.

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